| ISSUE no 2
p.1-4 1960s Kitchen Update: Dreary to Dreamy
p. 7-10 Shoddy Triplex to Inviting Single Family Home
p. 13-15 Bold Farmhouse Kitchen in the City
p. 16 Light-hearted Chicago Rooftop Deck
1960s Kitchen Update: Dreary to Dreamy
This historical home was built over a century ago, in 1909, by architect Hugh Garden. The current residents have lived in this home since the 1970's -- and the kitchen hadn't changed a bit since then.
The cabinetry was made of unsavory melamine, and the rest of the kitchen followed suit with outdated appliances, lackluster features, and a dull color palette. The space felt dark, dreary, and cluttered, to say the least! (You can see for yourself, the before photo is located on page one, in the lower left hand corner.) The lady of this residence simply requested that we overhaul the kitchen so that it matches the quality of her cooking: exquisite!
Our team could hardly wait to get started on this dramatic transformation. We had the satisfaction of gutting the original kitchen completely. We set out to preserve the history and rich character of the home, while filling every inch of
We highlighted our flawless hutch and he home owner's beautiful china with recessed LED strip lights. Our favorite detail is the perfectly textured, elaborate back splash tile, which was handmade and custom ordered from Artistic Tile (located in Chicago's famous Merchandise Mart).
One unique feature that attests to the old age of this home is a bell system original to the home. The bell was previously used to call live-in staff to the room in which their services were needed. The bell could even be operated by foot, with a a discrete button, tucked away underneath the dining room table. Just for kicks, we repaired the bell so that it functions now as it once did, over 100 years ago.
Setting the scene
this kitchen space with a fresh, light, dreamy air. We brought in classic, creamy cabinetry and modern appliances. We installed ritzy light fixtures, matching the underside finish to that of the glossy, sleek quartzite island. We added elegant nine piece crown molding, which is currently found throughout the other rooms of the house. This allowed us to create a continuous feel, and well-blended effect throughout the entire residence.
Every review Oat Design + Build has received both on Google and Houzz has been a five-star review. We aim to please and it shows!
Number One: Do your research! Entrusting a company with the future of your home or business is a BIG decision. You should feel confident and even excited about the company you choose to bring your vision to life. Many clients view a company's portfolio and make their decision based off of that. However, to get an accurate and well-rounded picture of the company's services as a whole, we suggest taking it one step further. Ask potential companies for three client references, and visit one of the company's current job sites. This will allow you to hear and see first hand the quality of service and workmanship you will receive. The best remodelers leave clients raving, and job sites spic-n-span.
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What's the difference between a remodeling project that goes off without a hitch, and one you end up wishing you had never started in the first place? There are two things that make a world of difference.
"Our experience with Adam & Oat Design +Build for our kitchen remodel was outstanding! Adam did several digital layouts which made our decision much easier and gave us multiple layouts to preview. His design gave us an open concept kitchen, without breaking the bank. Very professional, timely, and final product was AMAZING!"
"Oat Design + Build did a beautiful job on my full kitchen remodel! Brand new two toned cabinets, counter tops, shiplap and built in storage and seating. They are skilled and passionate about the work they do. Creatively, they are very versatile and fresh, I felt they really took the time to understand and feel what I wanted and then we made it happen! Couldn't be happier with their work, my kitchen is now my favorite place in the house!"
Shoddy Triplex to Inviting Single Family Home
Chicago North Shore
Setting the scene
Though you would never guess it, this polished home was once a grimy triplex. It had concrete floors, low hanging ceilings, and asbestos walls, dating it all the way back to the year it was built: 1908.
The residents of this drab triplex came to us for a complete home renovation. They wanted a comprehensive transformation that resulted in an inviting single-family home, ideal for hosting overnight guests and family gatherings.
While we featured the kitchen and the master bath addition in this spread, we did overhaul the entire house. Our exterior work included building a deck onto the back of the house so that residents and guests may enjoy the outside of their home as much as they enjoy the inside. The deck features a custom gate, handicap lift, and privacy lattice. We also painted the siding of the house to complement the new deck.
The interior scope of our work was much larger. Our team changed the layout of the first and the second floors to improve functionality. We swapped out a windowless, bleak closet for a bright and cozy reading sun room. We added a master walk-in closet and master bath to the rear of the house to complete a spacious, classic master suite.
Throughout the course of the project, we did our best to reuse resources already found in the house, to preserve its history. The door to the new master bathroom was originally used as the basement apartment entry door. We gave it life by frosting the glass, and painting it a cheery yellow hue (pictured on the right). Our largest re-purposing was restoring and re-staining the oak hardwood floors, which we reinstalled in our masterpiece: the kitchen.
The kitchen island is made of white concrete mixed with fiberglass for rigidity and longevity. The mix was molded, polished, sealed, and buffed to perfection. Our final revival was the flooring. After passing though our workshop, the oak hardwood floors are glowing, a fitting reflection of the new life this space now has.
While redoing the home's main entryway, we stripped back all of the carpeting and paneling to uncover the original hardwood flooring, but that's not all we uncovered! The original floors were littered with old newspapers, including this Daily News flier, which boasted the Chicago Cubs 1908 World Series win.
place! and 2) agreeing on every last design factor in advance ensures that our team is able to execute your project vision, timeline, and budget on point.
Per our plans, we exposed the original brick chimney, highlighting the home's natural assets. We installed clean-cut, custom-made cabinetry, and an unexpected kitchen island.
As all of our projects do, the kitchen began with a well-thought 3D design (shown above). Our 3D designs allow clients to view the plans for their space in the form of a virtual tour. The virtual tour is created after every last design factor is selected. This serves two purposes : 1) clients can fully grasp the plans for their space, and get excited about the transformation about to take
At Oat, we believe that our surrounding environment impacts the way we feel, think, and behave. Our mission is to design and build home and business spaces that promote the enjoyment of solitude and community, productivity and rest, efficiency and beauty. We see your spaces through a lens of potential and creativity. We commit to excellence, both throughout the client experience and in the final results. Oat is passionate about transforming homes, businesses, and communities -- inside and out.
This home is your basic Chicago bungalow. The Oat Team set out to give this kitchen a one of a kind makeover, summed up as country-chic. Our team created a refined, upbeat finished space by combining subdued farmhouse elements, rich colors, and modern finishes.
First, we put up a temporary kitchen in the basement, so that the family of this residence could carry on with their lives as normal. Next, we redid the flooring with engineered, hardwood bamboo. After, we gutted all of the cabinets, and made our own by hand. We painted our
handmade cabinets -- a fresh white for the uppers, and a sanguine shade of blue for the lowers. We installed minimalistic hardware to the cabinetry to maintain our target style. For a warming effect, we opted for walnut butcher block counter tops.
Using the leftover butcher block, we crafted an exemplary kitchen table (seen on page 15). Then, we installed our favorite fine detail feature of this lovely new kitchen: shiplap. We positioned the shiplap based off of the height of the counter tops, so that we had a full piece of shiplap situated on top of the counter. We then wrapped the shiplap all the way around the kitchen and into the hallway for an uninterrupted aesthetic. We diligently mitered the outside corners of the shiplap, meaning that there
Setting the scene
Bold Farmhouse Kitchen in the City
This outdated kitchen was in need of a heavy dose of "Oat Finesse." The cabinets in the original kitchen were made of a durable plastic, and caked in a thick coating of grease. The plumbing in the kitchen was rotting, causing it to freeze in the winter. The kitchen was bleak and unwelcoming. The homeowners wanted a budget-conscience solution to making their kitchen more attractive and more functional for their family of five.
was no visible ending or beginning of the shiplap. This process requires high attention to detail, and our carpenters did not disappoint! The final installation was the durable fireclay farmhouse sink. It adds a timeless touch, and is known for its robustness.
This space was once your average, empty, lack-luster garage roof. This home was designed by the original builder with the intent of eventually supporting a rooftop deck. The homeowners wanted us to create an outdoor space suitable for relaxing, recreational time with friends and family.
While other portions of the house were made with composite decking, the Oat team wanted this space to stand out from the rest. We wanted it to have more warmth, and as a result, feel more inviting. We chose to craft the deck out of Ipe (Brazillian Walnut). We chose this wood for its beautiful tone, and its longevity. In residential uses, Ipe has an outdoor life expectancy of 75 years, with minimal maintenance. For privacy, we installed a partial Ipe fence, which fostered a sense of enclosure and seclusion from nearby neighbors. Additionally, we installed the panels in squares perpendicular to each other. This added interest, and texture, which kept the space from feeling too homogeneous. This design also enables easy access to the roof, allowing for stress-free repairs that may need to be made to the roof over time.
While we didn't find anything particularly outlandish during this project, we did uncover the full potential of this small space. We think that's pretty fun! To increase functionality, we demolished the poorly laid out pantry behind the fridge and constructed a more convenient option surrounding the fridge, which provided the the added benefits of intrigue and depth. We installed custom, built-in benches in the breakfast nook, which accommodate for extra storage as well.
Light-hearted Chicago Rooftop DeckLincoln Park
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Featured Vendor: Kohler
Featured Product: Kohler Prolific Undermount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
As a fourth generation carpenter, Adam has been immersed in the design and build fields for as long as he can remember.
For eight years prior to founding Oat, Adam worked as an operations manager for a high-end construction company based in North Shore, Chicago. Throughout his experience in the field, Adam saw a tremendous need for a design and build company that focuses on client’s enjoyment of the experience, as much as the final results. So, Adam founded Oat.
Adam personally oversees all projects and leads Oat's Design and Build Teams.
Michala has always believed that nothing is impossible with a creative strategy and a logical plan. She graduated from a state university with her bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations. What makes her degree especially unique, is that she earned it assistance, loan, and debt-free, through waitress-earned tips alone. Her tactical mind set and her work ethic are a deadly combination.
At Oat, Michala does the behind-the-scenes work. She is responsible for Oat’s business strategy and vision implementation. She also leads the Administrative, Marketing, and Client Experience Teams.
Fine Arts Assistance
Bethany has an eye for the finer details. She discovered her niche in the arts while working as a successful local florist. She made jaws drop with her floral wedding designs!
She now uses her finesse to lead Oat's Fine Arts Team. She is responsible for Oat's photography, interior design detailing, and social media content sourcing.
As you also may have guessed, Adam and Bethany are husband and wife. They are what we call a "dream team." Together, they run Oat Design + Build and raise two sweet, wild, little boys.
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This sleek kitchen sink was designed with functionality as the main priority. This innovative appliance includes three graduated ledges inside of the baisin, allowing you to position the included bamboo cutting board, grated racks (two), colander, and wash bin right where you want them for the utmost user ease and convenience. Other surprising features include a cone-shaped drain for easy cleanup, and patented sound absoroption technology for less noise while you work. The kitchen sink and all of its included accessories retail for $1,300, but can be found at Wayfair.com for the discounted price of $997.50.
Dimensions: 33" x 17.75" x 11"
Oat Design + Build is a passionate team of professionals that takes pride in providing you with individualized design solutions, flawless build results, and a stress-free, enjoyable remodeling experience from start to finish.
Our clients LOVE our individualized design solutions. We take the compilation of your every need, want, and dream for your space and weave it together into a thoughtful and detailed virtual tour. This allows our clients to easily give feedback, grasp the full picture, and get excited about the upcoming transformation!
"From our family to yours, we want to sincerely thank you for supporting Oat Design + Build."
- Adam & Bethany St. Marie
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Featured Product: New "Modern" Terracotta Tile
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